Dad's horror as nine-year-old daughter savaged by dog who attacked her 'like a shark' during walk in park
A DAD has spoken out after a dog savaged his nine-year-old daughter "like a shark" during an Easter Egg hunt in a park.
Two children, aged 9 and 10, and their mum were taken to hospital following the vicious attack that happened in Bushy Park in Hampton, south west London, on Easter Sunday.
Speaking to the Richmond and Twickenham Times, the dad said that his kids had been searching for Easter eggs when the dog, which was off its lead, emerged from the woods and attacked his daughter.
"I don’t know how my daughter survived it if I’m honest," he said.
"It was like a shark attack, I’m amazed she didn’t lose her arm.
"As a parent, I’ve been having flashbacks and waking up in cold sweats reliving it."
Police arrived at 5.44pm on April 4 to find the mum and her nine-year-old daughter suffering from deep bite wounds.
The dog had also bitten the girl's 10-year-old brother on the arm.
The father, who was also with the family, was unharmed.
London Ambulance Service treated the mum and two kids before they were taken to hospital.
Outlining what happened that day, the dad said: "My children were just searching for eggs in the trees when a dog appeared and mauled my daughter.
"I saw it in slow motion. She panicked and the dog went into a frenzy and went for her.
"My wife got in between my daughter and the dog and took a tooth through her hand.
"I tried to get the dog off by kicking it but it then chased my son."
After savaging the little girl and her mum, the owner of the dog finally caught up with it.
"Finally, the owner ran over and jumped on the dog to control it, though it was clear he had no control over it," the dad said.
"He tried to blame our children for running, but children deserve every right to run in a park without being mauled by a vicious dog."
Three men and the animal were pictured just before the attack – and anyone who has information or knows the men is encouraged to get in touch with police, a Met spokesperson said.
They added: "Police are looking to speak to three males involved in a dog attack causing serious injury to victims in Bushy Park on Easter Sunday 4th April at around 5.30pm."
Royal Parks Police tweeted: "If you have information or know the males please call police on 101 with reference to report 0703049/21.
The dog owner was described by police as a light-skinned black male with a moustache and hair on his chin, wearing a yellow and black top and black trousers.
The trio are said to have run off towards Vicarage Road near Hampton Wick Station.
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